Indiana Democrats Abuzz Over Governor’s Race
Candidates on both sides of the aisle are chomping at the bit in Indiana to run for governor, once that seat officially becomes vacant. A Donald Trump/Mike Pence candidacy for the White House means an end to Pence’s reelection campaign in Indiana.
Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller thinks Pence hasn’t been good for Indiana, and doubts he would be good for the nation, either.
“I think that it’s good for Indiana Democrats,” said Miller, “because Mike Pence being on a bigger stage with a brighter spotlight, with a person like Donald Trump, only highlights how far out of touch the Republican Party and their ideals are with mainstream Indiana.”
Indiana law says a candidate cannot run for two offices simultaneously, meaning Pence can’t be on the ballot for both vice president and governor.
Gov. Pence also has taken a lot of heat from people, not just in Indiana, for his stance on issues affecting the LGBT community.
Miller notes Pence has faced a tough reelection battle with Democrat John Gregg.
“I think any Republican is going to be at a huge disadvantage because of the late start, because of their low name recognition, and because of the financial advantage that John Gregg has been able to amass up to this point.”
Gregg served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1986 to 2002, and was Majority Leader from 1990 to 1994.
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